12 Nov 2010

Police warn against vigilantism

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 —  Members of the public are advised to hand over suspected criminals to the police and not take the law into their own hands by taking their vengeance on the suspects.Acting Selangor police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegam said those who took the law into their own hands would find themselves in trouble as action could be taken against them if the suspect’s were injured.

He cited a case in Selangor recently where a complainant had punched the eyes of a suspected thief before handing the latter to the police.“After the incident, the complainant told the suspect’s mother that her son could have been punched by the police in the lockup that both his eyes were bruised,” he said when launching the Taman Putra Community Policing here today.

The function was also attended by Ampang Jaya deputy police chief Supt Amiruddin Jamaluddin and Selangor Community Policing coordinator Kuan Chee Heng.Thaiveegam said following the allegation that the suspect was assaulted in the lockup, police had to conduct an investigation although they knew that the injury was inflicted by the complainant.He said the allegation also tarnished the police image and credibility.

On the community policing, Thaiveegam hoped for support from residents in the neighbourhood, adding that the programme was not only intended to curb crime, but also foster unity among the people of all races.

Source : Bernama

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